Newest citizen of Switzerland: Michele Bachmann

Yes, really. Although, to be clear, I’m sure they’re talking about dual citizenship here.

If the tea party can take Indiana, why not Zurich?

Arthur Honegger, a reporter for Swiss public broadcaster Schweizer Fernsehen, told POLITICO the Swiss consulate in Chicago has confirmed that the former Republican presidential candidate became a citizen on March 19, 2012…

Marcus Bachmann, the congresswoman’s husband since 1978, reportedly was eligible for Swiss citizenship due to his parents’ nationality — but only registered it with the Swiss government on March 19. Once he did so, Michele automatically became a citizen, too, according to the Honegger.

Anyone know anything about this? Politico’s story appears to be the one and only article about it online right now. Could be that the Bachmanns simply have a soft spot for Switzerland — watch the vid and you’ll see her talk about some of her favorite locales — but it’s impossible not to think of tax implications given that (a) the federal tax code is set for major changes on January 1 when the Bush tax cuts lapse, (b) Bachmann’s a tax lawyer by trade so she’d be especially savvy about strategies to reduce one’s tax burden, and (c) this is, after all, Switzerland we’re talking about. The one flaw in my theory is that … Bachmann and her husband aren’t worth that much. And frankly, I’m not sure how much tax relief would actually be gained by maintaining dual citizenship.

Any theories?

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